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copy of my crontab:

 # For example, you can run a backup of all your user accounts
 # at 5 a.m every week with:
 # 0 5 * * 1 tar -zcf /var/backups/home.tgz /home/
 # For more information see the manual pages of crontab(5) and cron(8)
 # m h  dom mon dow   command
 @reboot ps -all >/home/pi/crontest
 @reboot /usr/bin/tightvncserver

The first line works fine, and I can verify it in syslog.

The second line does not. syslog shows running @reboot jobs, but only lists the "ps" job and not the "tightvncserver" job.

I am stumped, any suggestions?

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Try /usr/bin/tightvncserver >/home/pi/vnc.log 2>&1 instead and see if there's some error preventing the server from starting up. –  jjlin Sep 26 '13 at 19:27

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